We all know that Toyota and Maruti Suzuki have an alliance in India and Internationally. One of the first product that we got in India as part of this alliance was Toyota Glanza which is actually rebadged Maruti Baleno. The second product to be launched in the market from Toyota was Urban Cruiser compact SUV. It is basically a rebadged version of Maruti Vitara Brezza. Toyota is not only selling this compact SUV in India but, also in international markets. Here we have a video on what foreign journalists think about the Toyota Urban Cruiser compact SUV.
The video has been uploaded by Cars.co.za which is a South African car review channel on YouTube. The video presenter or the journalist starts the video by talking about the looks of the Urban Cruiser. It looks a lot like Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza which is also available in their market. He personally like Urban Cruiser more only because it has less chrome at the front.
In terms of design, the journalist mentions that Urban Cruiser has a bit more imposing or SUV like look on the road and he prefers that. There are some differentiating factors between Vitara Brezza and Urban Cruiser and video presenter mentions them too. On the inside however, he said that, except for the Toyota badge on the steering wheel, everything else remains the same as Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.
He mentions that, Urban Cruiser is available in three variants and even the base variant offers decent amount of features like touchscreen infotainment screen. The journalist then talks about the ride quality of the Urban Cruiser and he says that, it is one of the best in the segment. He mentions that the only drawback he felt during the drive was that there is wind noise filtering in at higher speeds.
Other than that, there is no road noise and says that it felt like a good product. Toyota Urban Cruiser is also using the same engine as Suzuki Vitara Brezza. For the same reason, it is quite fuel efficient too. The TV presenter can be heard saying that, if driven in a sane way, it can easily return 20 kilometers to a litre.
Concluding the video, the journalist talks about whether one should actually buy an Urban Cruiser or not. The answer to that was yes because, In comparison to Suzuki dealerships, Toyota dealerships were more common in South Africa. This means they have better sales and after sales network. He also mentions that, Toyota is offering extended warranty at a very nominal price.
Toyota Urban Cruiser uses the same 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine seen in Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The engine comes with both manual and automatic transmission option. It is a proper 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The 1.5 litre petrol engine generates a maximum of 105 Ps and 138 Nm of peak torque. Price for Urban Cruiser starts at Rs 8.50 lakh, ex-showroom to Rs 11.35 lakh, ex-showroom in India. Suzuki is also selling several rebadged Toyota models in International markets.